APRA Offices Moved
Fairfax, VA - The Automotive Parts Rebuilders Association (APRA) moved their headquarters office on December 1. William C. Gager, APRA president, "We are pleased with our new offices because not only will we be able to take advant-age of the downward trend in the real estate market in northern Virginia over the last year, but we will be more conve-niently located to Dulles International Airport."
The new offices are located at 14160 Newbrook Dr. Ste. 210, Chantilly, VA, 20151-2223. The phone numbers will remain unchanged: phone 703-968-2772 and fax: 703-968-2878.
Leber Honored by Aluminum Association
Asheville, NC-- Bernard P. Leber Jr., Northwest environmental manager of Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation, was honored with The Aluminum Association's award for service to the aluminum industry.
Mr. Leber was selected to win
the third annual Marlan Boultinghouse Service Award, which was established
by the association's Board of Directors in 1998 to honor the late president
of ARCO Aluminum. This award recognizes individuals who have served the
association with distinction and whose leadership, talent and expertise
have advanced the association's programs.
Steel Mini-mill Opens in Alabama
Lisle, IL - IPSCO Inc. officially opened its U.S. mini-mill in Mobile, Alabama, the company's newest world class in-line plate mill. With the addition of the Mobile steelworks, IPSCO operates three steelmaking facilities, five coil processing facilities including three with temper mills and six pipe making facilities throughout North America.
IPSCO's Mobile Steelworks
initiated operations earlier this year. From ground breaking to start-up,
it has taken less than 24 months to complete. Phillips credits the project
construction, commissioning and start-up teams for this ambitious and
successful achievement. The mill, first announced in 1998 and costing
over U.S. $425 million, specializes in the production of discrete plate
with the product moving "in-line" from caster to the point of shipping.
"The facility has already produced at a rate that is in excess of fifty
percent of its rated capacity of 1,250,000 tons and markets permitting,
we hope to be at or near full capacity by the end of the first quarter
of 2002," added Charles Sanida, president, IPSCO Steel (Alabama) Inc.,
the wholly owned subsidiary that operates the Mobile facility.
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LTV Creditors and Workers Union Reach Agreement
Pittsburgh, PA - The United Steelworkers of America (USWA) and the Official Unsecured Creditors Committee of LTV Steel, the nominal owners of the company reached agreement November 27 on changes to the recently-negotiated Modified Labor Agreement (MLA) that Steelworkers President Leo W. Gerard said he is "confident will satisfy the concerns of lenders and clear the way for the Emergency Steel Loan Guarantee Board to certify the $250-million loan needed to save LTV."
Mr. Gerard said the Union is hopeful that the changes to the MLA, which include some $150 million in additional contributions- proportionate-ly allocated to both salaried and hourly workers-- will win certification of the loan and save the LTV from what he termed "the considerable damage done by top management's premature and reckless decision to file for a shutdown while this agreement was still being negotiated."
"Our Union and the Creditors Committee have worked diligently from day one," Mr. Gerard said, "to create a cooperative environment in order to save LTV's steelmaking operations"
Mr. Gerard said, "We are left no choice but to call for the current management to be replaced with leadership who will cooperate with us and the Creditors in working to secure certification of the $250-million loan by the Emergency Steel Loan Guarantee Board."
The USWA said that details of the new five-year agreement would not be released until it had been submitted to its membership at LTV for a ratification vote. However, the Union said that the additional contributions beyond those made in the August MLA include some wage cuts, deferred wage increases, additional efficiencies to be wrung from health care costs, and accelerated use by LTV of the Union-negotiated Voluntary Employee Benefit Association (VEBA) funds.
In turn, the LTV steelworkers' share of stock ownership would increase once the company returns to profitability.
The Union is expected to seek
a ratification vote as soon as possible and, assuming ratification of
the agreement, will join the Creditors Committee and hopefully a new LTV
management in pressing for certification of the $250-million loan essential
for saving the company.
Allied Waste's CEO Resigns
Scottsdale, AZ - Allied Waste Industries, Inc.'s president and chief operating officer, Larry Henk, has resigned to pursue other interests. Tom Van Weelden, chairman and CEO of Allied Waste, will assume all duties and responsibilities of president, which Mr. Van Weelden held prior to August 2000. The duties and responsibilities of chief operating officer will be assumed by the current vice president of operations, Don Slager. Mr. Slager has served as Allied Waste's vice president of operations since February 1998, and has served in various other management positions in the waste services industry since 1985.
VP-Investor Relations Named
Allied Waste Industries, Inc. named Michael Burnett to the position of vice president, investor relations, Dale Parker to the position of vice president, tax and John Quinn to the position of vice resident, financial analysis and planning.
Mr. Burnett's responsibilities in this position include directing and coordinating Allied's communications and presentations to the financial community.
Mr. Parker's responsibilities in this position include managing all aspects of the company's income tax planning, reporting and compliance.
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Harris Waste Management Group Gets New Website
Cordele, GA-- The Harris Waste Management Group, Inc., Peachtree City, Georgia, unveiled its new corporate website which can be found at www.harriswaste.com. The site offers Harris' customers product and technical information to help them when searching for the highest quality material reduction equipment and services.
Harris customers and equipment
users can download the latest product information for all of Harris' recycling,
waste paper, and non-ferrous equipment, as well as the Harris press and
shear line of shears and balers. The sales and service section of the
website offers prospective buyers easier access to Harris' distributors
and regional sales managers information.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Alcan Inc. announced the formation of an Office of the President and the re-alignment of its operating management structure from four to six business groups in order to substantially raise Alcan's performance, strive to move closer to its markets and improve the Company's responsiveness.
The Office of the President will include Alcan's President and CEO, Travis Engen, 57, and executive vice presidents Richard (Dick) Evans, 54, and Brian Sturgell, 52. "Dick and Brian will work closely with me as we strive to raise Alcan's performance to new levels," said Mr. Engen.
In addition, Robert Ball, is
appointed executive vice president, Value-Added Business and Manufacturing
Systems; Cynthia Carroll will be president, Alcan Primary Metal Group-including
Alcan primary metal facilities and power generation installations worldwide;
Michale Hanley will be president, Alcan Bauxite, Alumina & Specialty Chemicals
Group-including bauxite mines, alumina refineries as well as the specialty
chemical businesses; Kurt Wolfens-berger will be president of Alcan Engineered
Products Group, which includes the wire and cable business currently part
of Alcan Fabrication Americas and Asia and he will continue to head Alcan's
global automotive businesses; and Christopher Bark-Jones will be president
of Alcan Rolled Products Europe; Armin Weinhold, will be president of
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Nucor Buys Itec
Charlotte, NC - Nucor Corporation announced that, as of November 19, 2001, it has acquired Itec Steel, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiary, Steel Truss and Frame Corp., with facilities in Texas and Georgia, for approximately $9,000,000. Itec has annual revenues of approximately $10,000,000.
Itec Steel, Inc. will provide Nucor with a platform to enter the rapidly expanding load bearing light gauge steel framing industry market. Don Moody, Nucor's manager of light gauge framing development, will be responsible for Itec's operations and growth.
"This alliance will enable Itec to maintain its leadership position and aggressively expand its opportunities," said Don Moody.
Denise Maggio Joins 21st Century Programming
Long Beach, CA - In a continuing effort of growth and expansion, 21st Century Programming announced the addition of Denise Maggio to its team.
Ms. Maggio brings over 20
years of industry experience, including 10 years in her family's business
and over 10 years specializing in operations and trading of ferrous and
non-ferrous scrap metals. Her industry experience compli-ments the staff
as well as furthers their desire for continued expansion in the ferrous
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CAT Introduces Changes in Lift Trucks
Houston, TX - One of the Cat(R) lift trucks just got better. The 8,000-11,000 lb. capacity lift trucks can raise the toughest applications to a higher level of performance with their comfort and functional improvements.
"This mid-size pneumatic tire truck family is offered in gas, LP gas and diesel engine configurations. In the operator's compartment, a specially contoured seat and flexible operator restraint system with a resilient belt offer freedom of movement with security. And under the hood, rugged power is delivered with vibration-free smoothness," stated Jerry LaHood, Cat Lift Trucks product consultant.
The new open-step frame offers a user-friendly entry and exit to the operator's compartment, while the new contoured design seat allows the operator to easily shift and reposition the body repeatedly. Additionally, the new tilt steering column is adjustable within a 12-degree range of motion to maximize operator comfort.
The new hydrostatic steering
system helps to provide effortless steering with no jolting kickbacks
resulting in exceptional control and reduced main-tenance. The new pusher
fan arrangement provides improved engine cooling and helps to reduce the
possibility of radiator clogging in severe applications. The finger-tip
transmission control and the easy-to-reach hydraulic levers can improve
productivity while helping to reduce operator fatigue.
Schaeff Introduces Zero Tail Excavator
Dallas, TX - Schaeff has introduced its HR 32 Zero-Tail Excavator that includes five items customers requested: a large cab, fast and easy access to maintenance areas, big lifting capacity, a standard size cab entry door and a quiet engine with low vibration.
Schaeff designed the HR 32's upper carriage larger and square shaped, with the right front side cut at a 45-degree angle. The engineers have achieved a 240-degree rotation of the upper carriage with a conventional boom, while working up against an obstruction. Additionally a three-piece circular boom is offered to achieve full 360-degree rotation of the upper carriage in confined spaces.
Schaeff maintained the same lift capacity as on conventional excavators while achieving the zero tail swing advantage. The counterweights are at the back of the machine because the engineers didn't cut or shorten the back end to get its zero-tail swing design. A bucket hinge pin height at ground level of 9-feet, 10-inches, yields a lift capacity when supported with blade of 1.5 tons.
Operation of the HR 32 is foot
and hand controls for travel and a hydraulic-controlled joy stick of all
working movements. Heat is standard and air-conditioning is available
from the factory or after-market.
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Marathon Expands Parts Department
Vernon, AL - Marathon Equipment Company expanded its Parts Department in two of its outlying plants in Clearfield, Pennsylvania and Yerington, Nevada.
This expansion will accommodate
different time zones and will be more convenient for its customers. Marathon
offers parts through its Gold Medal Service Department. Trained technicians
offer assistance for maintenance and repairs of all Marathon compactors
and recycling systems.
Tube City Takes Delivery of Sennebogen 870M
Gary, IN - David Coslov, vice president of maintenance and equipment for Tube City, Inc., took delivery of a 870M Sennebogen scrap handling machine at the Gary, Indiana operations of US Steel where they have been located for almost 10 years. The 145,000 pound rubber-tired machine was engineered to specificatons laid out by Tube City in conversations with Sennebogen and Crane & Machinery, Inc., their Chicago-based distributor.
Erich Sennebogen, managing director of Sennebogen Maschinen-fabrick GmbH visiting from Germany for the delivery, indicated that this was a major step in gaining a foothold in the North American market place. According to him, Sennebogen was very pleased that Crane & Machinery was able to match Tube City's need for a material handling solution with the company's engineering staff in Straubing. "Tube City took a risk, but at the same time, had the vision to order the first two Sennebogen 870 rubber-tired machines in the U.S.," said Mr. Sennebogen.
Mr. Coslov said, "This is an industrial operation and we handle up to 250,000 tons of ferrous scrap per month. We were looking for a company that had the right equipment, recognized the demands of our application and were willing to listen to our concerns."
Protoworks Launches Reduction Shredders
Collingwood, Ontario, Canada - Protoworks recently launched the Schred Max 56, a primary reduction shredder. John Dorscht, a company director, announced that they successfully shredded tires non-stop and had reduced an unsafe mountain of tires, initially representing a serious fire and health hazard to what neatly fit into a number of roll-off bins. The pile included a cross section of truck, industrial and passenger car tires. All of them had steel belts or reinforced walls.
"Powered with a 50 HP CAT diesel, the nine-inch single solid shaft with 2.5" thick super aggressive bi-directional cutting teeth, the slow speed hydraulically driven cuttershaft chewed through those tires like they were bubble gum," said Mr. Dorscht.
The machine is mobile and along with a CAT 262 skid-steer loader is an ideal combination for large yards or people who service multiple locations, he added.
The Schred Max 56XHD can represent
the first step in producing crumb rubber. In this instance the operator
processed the tires and took the shredded product to a cryogenics operation
where the process began. The tires could end up in anything from playground
equipment, mats or even back in the roadbeds as recycled product mixed
Demolition Association Offers Literature to Colleges
Doylestown, PA - Universities and colleges across the nation, especially those with engineering and construction management programs, are being targeted by the National Association of Demolition Contractors with a new brochures and posters promoting careers in the demolition industry.
"We developed them to give students a few good reason to consider demolition as a career choice," said Michael R. Taylor, executive director of the NADC. "There is a lot of interest in our industry, although many students don't quite understand what is involved in being a demolition contractor.
The six-page, full-color brochure covers subjects such as what role an engineering or construction management graduate can play in a demolition firm, the wide range of disciplines that exist within the industry, and the high-rate of job satisfaction that is reported by today's demolition contractors.
Students are also given the
opportunity to become a student member of the NADC. This new category
of membership to the 800-member organization includes regular updates
on summer jobs and internships, the posting of free "situations wanted"
ad in the nation's leading demolition industry trade magazine, and a free
subscription to the magazine, "Demolition."
Aluminum Association Elects Board Members
Asheville, NC - The Aluminum Association elected three new board members and two officers at its annual membership meeting.
The new board members are Mark Emery, chief executive officer, Indalex Aluminum Solutions (Bannockburn, IL); John S. Lapides, president, United Aluminum Corporation (North Haven, CT); and Philippe Darmayan, president and chief executive officer, Pechiney Rolled Products (Ravenswood, WV).
The new officers are Brian W. Sturgell, president, Alcan Aluminum Corporation (Mayfield Heights, OH), chairman; and Craig Eddy, president and chief executive officer, Coastal Aluminum Rolling Mills Inc. (Williamsport, PA), chairman of the Executive Committee.
Reelected to the board were Richard L. Kerr, president and chief operating officer, IMCO Recycling Inc. (Irving, TX); Joseph A. Bonn, vice president, Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation (Houston, TX); Roark L. Keeler, vice president, Aluminum Precision Products Inc. (Santa Ana, CA); Russell C. Wisor, vice president, government affairs, Alcoa Inc. (Washington, DC); and Gerald A. Meyers, president and chief operating officer, Century Aluminum Company (Monterey, CA).